“I would love it if somebody made a ’1602’ movie,” Gaiman said. “I would love to go and see that. That is something I would just love to sit in the audience and eat my popcorn on the first night and feel proud.”
Begging might not even be required to make the Elizabethan-period superhero movie, unless Leterrier is intent to do it as a two-parter — a tougher sell. Still, it’s easier to make “1602” these days, Gaiman said, than it would have been years ago.
“I think it’s getting more and more likely as Marvel reclaims its film properties from all over the world,” Gaiman said. “They’re sort of making their own movies and putting them out through Paramount. So they’re now in there with a chance. In the old days, it would have been impossible to make, because [the rights to] ’The Fantastic Four’ are over here, and ’Spider-man’ is over here, and ’X-Men’ are over here, and ’The Hulk’ is over here, and ’Captain America’ is over here, and that I think is probably the biggest problem for anyone making a ’1602’ movie.”
While Dr. Strange is a character in “1602” as the Queen’s court physician, Gaiman’s just a tad more interested in seeing him get some non-“1602” treatment — from Guillermo del Toro.
“Guillermo del Toro and I have talked about doing a ’Dr. Strange’ movie,” Gaiman said. “And I think we’d both really like to do a ’Dr. Strange’ movie. We’d love to do it together. The problem is, Guillermo’s off doing ’The Hobbit’, and that’s going to be three, four years in New Zealand for him. And when he comes back, I suspect that he will then want to do something personal, so he’ll probably do ’Hellboy 3’ [Ed note: Or perhaps ’Frankenstein,’ ’Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde,’ or ’Slaughterhouse Five’] before we could ever get to do a ’Dr. Strange’ movie.”
But of the two — a “1602” movie by Leterrier or someone else, and a “Dr. Strange” movie by del Toro, “I’d guess I’d get in line for the ’Dr. Strange’ movie made by Guillermo,” Gaiman said.
“That’s the sort of thing you should never ask somebody like that on the Interwebs!” he exclaimed. “Because you answer and then it gets written and then it gets misquoted and people say, ’Yes, Neil Gaiman said they should never make a ’1602’ movie!’ It’s like, ’No, I didn’t, it’s not fair!’ It’s like do you want the chocolate or the ice cream? Well, I guess the chocolate.” But if he could have both, he said, he would love that even more.
Who would you like to see direct “1602?” Who would you cast? Do you want a “Dr. Strange” movie?